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Clued In #51 | Are owls right-wing or left-wing?

Mihir Balantrapu  |  19 May 2020

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The Hindu Cryptic #12,938| 22 Down

Clue surface: Hood seen at college with a member of parliament (4)

Definition: Hood

Answer: COWL

Explanation: C (abbrevation for ‘college’) + OWL (a group of owls is a parliament. So, by extension, an owl is ‘a member of parliament’) = COWL

... a real hoot!



sounds like: kah-wool


— a hooded garment, as worn by monks

— the hood of such a garment

— the hood-shaped covering of a chimney or ventilation shaft.

Synonyms: veil, purdah, shawl, hat

Etymology: Late Latin cuculla meaning monk’s hood, variant of Latin cucullus or hood


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